Build Day #29

I am a day behind in my reporting. Yesterday was day 29 of the build.

2014-06-03 09.38.33JB wanted me to get up on the roof so that he could explain what needs to be done. I went up two rickety, slippery ladders, in the rain, to the top level of the scaffold.

2014-06-03 09.40.43From there you could see the poor condition of many parts of the roof.

2014-06-03 09.37.46One unexpected thing was this flat lead roof over the bathroom. It needs to be stripped and re-formed. We will use felt rather than lead as this much lead would be extremely expensive.

2014-06-03 09.37.17The rear dormer needs to be replaced and the leadwork will need replacing around the cheeks, flashings and roof.

Damaged and slipped tiles will need to be replaced.

2014-06-03 09.37.21Apparently the main chimney looks OK.

2014-06-03 09.42.40The front dormer will need the same treatment at the rear one. Mark says this window looks like part of the set of Les Miserables. The window needs to be completely replaced.

2014-06-03 09.44.05The lead roof of the front bay also needs replacing.

2014-06-03 09.44.21The shared central valley gutter needs repairing. Also the down-pipe is full of debris, which is why, when it rains it makes a gurgling sound rather than a running water sound. I’m not sure what needs to happen with the gutters yet. At the end of the roof inspection I decided against risking the long rickety ladder to the ground and instead opted to climb back in through the first floor bedroom window.IMG_2552The fireplace in the dining room was skimmed and the inside rendered.

IMG_2551Some new radiators were delivered.

IMG_2550The cats enjoyed their end of day exploration.

IMG_2554In the en suite the first fix plumbing continued – here you can see heating pipes and pipes for one of the vanity units.

IMG_2553Here is some plumbing for a new toilet and the second vanity unit pipework.





4 thoughts on “Build Day #29

  1. if replacing lead flashings is really costly then you should get a good price for the scrapped lead? getting the chimney sweep before you paint walls would be good.
    Wise move to go through window instead of down ladder. Love the tail of Rose disappearing on her investigation.

    • Scrapping tends to be part of the builder’s assumed ‘bonus’ unless you specifically mention it in the contract. I’ll discuss it though as lead is fairly expensive. Even so the scrap rate is much lower than what you would pay for ‘new’ lead sheets. It’s something like 90p a kilo, you need a scrap licence and a vehicle to get it there…I’m tempted to let them have it as it’s not worth my while, plus it keeps you on good terms with the builders and increases moral high ground if problems ever arise.
      Most of the chimney pots you can see belong to our neighbour. Ours have all been removed and the chimney sealed apart from two, which have metal flues designed for older gas fires. When we see how much money we have left (if any!) the fireplaces are high on my list, but flues may need to be relined and even re-established…

  2. I was going to make the same suggestion as iODyne about the lead roof. However, it probably would be very expensive to remove all that. I imagine that the tiles are very expensive to replace, but the roof looks in fairly nice shape overall, despite the problem areas. I would be interested in hearing more about the obtaining the roofing tiles, how they are made (they look glazed to me, but that might be the rain) We do have terra cotta roofs occasionally, but they are more common out west, and are rounded. How are these tiles attached? Do they have holes? Are they nailed? Does that lead sheeting cover the whole roof or just sections of it?

    How many chimneys does your home have altogether? Did you have to have any repairs done to any of them.

    Sorry for all the questions, and you can delete this post if there are too many.

    Having the chimneys swept before you put things back together is an excellent idea. I imagine that first cleaning will be a doozy!

    • Debby – I will do some investigating! I know that the lead is used just on the flatter sections of roof like our bathroom and the tops of bay windows and around the dormers as you can see. The rest of the roof is made of hand made clay tiles known as ‘rosemarys’. They have a matt finish- the glossy look you can see is from the rain. As for chimneys, there are two plus there used to be a third in the old kitchen which was removed some time in the past.

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